Founder & CEO of B wie Berlin, Alissa is an Afro-German mother of two, entrepreneur and storyteller. Born in Germany but raised in Niger, Malawi and Burkina Faso, Alissa has a BA in “Africana Studies and Cinema and Media Studies” from Wellesley College (USA) and an MSc in “Violence, Conflict and Development Studies” from the School of Oriental and African Studies in London. Alissa identifies as métisse and third culture kid, feeling just as much at home among her Tuareg family in Niger as she does in Berlin and in Kingston, Jamaica where she also attended University and lived for several years. She worked in the nonprofit sector, political think tanks and the United Nations before she decided to take acting classes and tell stories on stage. In 2020 Alissa Hitzemann founded the Berlin based startup B wie Berlin where she conceptualises, produces and distributes learning materials for children with a lot of attention to issues of diversity and inclusion as well as early childhood political education. Alissa is passionate about social justice issues and believes that each and every child should have the opportunity to develop their true and full potential.
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